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Measuring temperature

04 June 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Temperature measurement is an essential clinical skill and is recognised as being an important indicator in assessing the course of an illness. This article...

Best practice in the measurement of body temperature

23 June 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

In the last two decades, there has been a significant change in the technology of clinical thermometry. Mercury-in-glass thermometers have been replaced with...

Nursing management of the patient with hypothermia

02 January 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article describes the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and outlines its acute nursing management.

Physiology of fever

01 July 2007

Paediatric Nursing


Knowing how the body reacts to the presence of pathogens allows healthcare professionals to make informed decisions about what action to take in caring for the child...

Temperature measurement: practice guidelines

01 November 2003

Paediatric Nursing


An increase in body temperature is one of the most common symptoms of illness in children (McQueen 2001). Accurate temperature measurement is crucial, therefore,...

Principles of temperature monitoring

14 August 2013

Nursing Standard

Learning Zone

Maintaining optimum body temperature is essential to life, and taking and recording a patient’s temperature is a fundamental nursing skill. Deviation from the normal...

Fever and feverish illness in children under five years

26 March 2014

Nursing Standard


This article discusses the causes and management of fever in children. In line with guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, it explores...

Temperature taking: children’s preferences

01 March 2003

Paediatric Nursing


Children aged between six and 15 years on two paediatric wards of one NHS trust were invited to take part in a study to find out whether they preferred digital...

How to measure a patient’s temperature non-invasively

09 September 2019

Nursing Standard

Infection prevention and control

Rationale and key points Temperature is a vital sign that is included in all early warning scoring tools and as part of patient observations. This article outlines...

Accidental hypothermia: pathophysiology, investigations and management

25 October 2022

Emergency Nurse


Accidental hypothermia, defined as an unintentional decrease in core body temperature to below 35°C, adversely affects several body systems, including the...